BOOKS RECEIVED: Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel, “Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing” (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015)
More than just a cookbook, Decolonize Your Diet redefines what is meant by “traditional” Mexican food by reaching back through hundreds of years of history to reclaim heritage crops as a source of protection from modern diseases of development. Authors… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Du Bois, et al, “Encyclopedia of the Negro: Preparatory Volume with Reference Lists and Reports,” New ed. (Left Coast Press, 2008)
The publication of the Encyclopedia Africana in 1999 was only the most recent attempt to summarize our knowledge of African and African diaspora peoples. Famed social scientist W. E. B. Du Bois was involved in similar projects over half a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Robert F. Darden, “Nothing But Love in God’s Water, V.1: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement” (Penn State UP, 2014)
The first of two volumes chronicling the history and role of music in the African American experience, Nothing but Love in God’s Water explores how songs and singers helped African Americans challenge and overcome slavery, subjugation, and suppression. From the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: W. Clark Gilpin, “Religion Around Emily Dickinson” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Religion Around Emily Dickinson begins with a seeming paradox posed by Dickinson’s posthumously published works: while her poems and letters contain many explicitly religious themes and concepts, throughout her life she resisted joining her local church and rarely attended services.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Allan F. Westphall, “Books and Religious Devotion: The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Books and Religious Devotion, Allan Westphall presents a study of the book-collecting habits and annotation practices of Thomas Connary, an Irish immigrant farmer who lived in New Hampshire in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Connary led… Read More
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